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Obama makes a long-distance call ... to space

July 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Throughout the history of the human space-flight program, presidents have made the often obligatory long-distance call to spacecraft orbiting and traveling to the Moon. Today's call from President Obama to the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station, though, was a little different. With the end...

Hackers attack Senate website

June 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow According to multiple reports, a group of hackers known as Lulz Security said on Twitter that it had breached the Senate's website. The group said in a release that they would release a "small" amount of data from the Senate's homepage "in an attempt to help them fix their issues."...

FCC commission member Baker to resign

May 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republicans on the five-member Federal Communications Commission, abruptly announced on Wednesday that she is leaving the agency as of June 3. Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported that Baker was taking a job in Comcast's Washington lobbying shop. "After seven years of public service,...

Done deal: Congress, White House reach agreement

April 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After days of painstaking negotiations and barbed insults, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders announced on Friday night that they had come up with a stopgap measure to keep the federal government from shutting down. "Senator Reid and I and the White House have come to an agreement to cut spending...

One-stop-shop on bioterrorism at HHS may be split up

June 21, 2002 So far, the government's efforts to combat bioterrorism seem to have largely escaped the problems of overlapping jurisdictions that have plagued other counter-terrorism functions. Perhaps that's because bioterrorism is essentially the responsibility of one agency: the Department of Health and Human Services. After some initial missteps in dealing with anthrax,...

The Earlybird: Today's headlines

August 2, 2001 Patients' rights deal, ANWR drilling approval, military closures, population prediction, Florida poll, Carnahan challenger, Feinstein rebuke, Levy tip: President Bush and Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., reached a deal on patients' rights legislation Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. But allies of Norwood from both parties "said late Wednesday that they...

The Earlybird: Today's Headlines

July 31, 2001 Treasury troubles, election reform, Norwood deal, Canadian medical marijuana, Cheney's Jersey stump, Smith's disappointment, Clinton's celebration: The Treasury Department said Monday that because of the economic slowdown and the rebate checks for President Bush's tax cut, the United States will have to borrow "$51 billion by September, an about-face from...

The Earlybird: Today's Headlines

July 30, 2001 Bush team energy push, Powell's China charm, Hastert on stem cells, patients' rights talks, Code Red presser, Davis' cash, Reno's decision, Reform's new platform, Clinton's big day: As part of an effort this week to lobby for his energy plan, President Bush today will "sign an executive order designed to...

Commentary: Pentagon asks too much of too few

October 16, 2000 For Republican Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, military readiness is no longer simply a Washington political debate about money, spare parts, and increased demands on troops. In recent months, the issue for him took on a more human dimension as he investigated why 12 young airmen died in a...

House conservatives lose spending battles

October 16, 2000 House conservatives have become the Buffalo Bills of Congress. Like the NFL team in the early 1990s, members of the House Conservative Action Team frequently win in the regular season during initial debate on the annual appropriations measures. But like the Bills, when it comes to the Super Bowl--the end-of-session...

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